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image Adam vol.57/3

Reference number

Adam vol.57/3

Purpose

Italy: unidentifed location in ? Pozzuoli/Baia area. View of the interior of a ruined hall, roofless and overgrown with vegetation. Arched openings show details of construction.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Lago; in ink 3

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes224 x 263

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

The inscription would suggest that this view depicts some of the ruins found in the Pozzuoli / Baia area, and possibly the underground passageways of the amphitheatre at Pozzuoli (see Adam vol.57/12). There is a superior version of this composition by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia (11774). The inscription 'Lago' may refer to the Lago Fucino and its underground tunnel system dating from the 1st century AD.

Level

Drawing

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